The MediterrAsian Way: A Cookbook and Guide to Health, Weight Loss, and Longevity, Combining the Best Features of Mediterranean and Asian Diets

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Indulge yourself with tasty and satisfying foods like pasta dishes, stir-fries, curries, risottos, noodle dishes, and sushi, all washed down with a glass of wine or beer. Stay active but don't bother with a formal exercise regimen, and set aside time every day to relax and unwind. You may find it hard to believe, but eating and living this way can help you stay lean and healthy, substantially reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer, and increase your chances of living longer. People from Mediterranean and ...

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Indulge yourself with tasty and satisfying foods like pasta dishes, stir-fries, curries, risottos, noodle dishes, and sushi, all washed down with a glass of wine or beer. Stay active but don't bother with a formal exercise regimen, and set aside time every day to relax and unwind. You may find it hard to believe, but eating and living this way can help you stay lean and healthy, substantially reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer, and increase your chances of living longer. People from Mediterranean and Asian cultures have been living like this-and reaping the rewards-for more than 5,000 years.

Now, in this unique cookbook and guide, Ric Watson and his wife, Trudy Thelander, demonstrate just how easy it is to realize the benefits of the MediterrAsian way-benefits that numerous scientific studies have documented over the last half century. They explain the common features of Mediterranean and Asian lifestyles-abundant amounts of plant foods and fish, small amounts of red meat, moderate alcohol consumption, physical activity, and time set aside to relax-and show you step by step how to make them part of your life. When you eat the MediterrAsian way, there's no skimping on taste-or satisfaction. You'll feast on more than 150 delicious recipes, including favorites like Pasta Primavera, Thai Chicken Stir-Fry, and Ham, Mushroom, and Tomato Pizza. You'll savor the intriguing flavors of Vietnamese Shrimp and Vegetable Rice Paper Rolls, Moroccan Stew with Couscous, and Teriyaki Chicken Noodles. And if you're in the mood for a burger or hot dog, Watson and Thelander offer several deliciously healthy versions.

The book walks you through MediterrAsian food basics, shows you how to substitute daily activities for time at the gym, and explains how to take time out to enjoy life and relax. To help you plan your meals, it provides an easy-to-follow five-step MediterrAsian Balanced Meal System. There's even a fourteen-day MediterrAsian plan as well as example lifestyle scenarios to help you get into the swing of things. Complete with 50 tempting color food photographs, The MediterrAsian Way is all you need to enjoy the benefits of MediterrAsian living-starting today!

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Editorial Reviews

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Much of this book is taken from the web site MediterrAsian.com, which Watson and Thelander created in 2004. Watson chronicles living through a horrific motorcycle accident that nearly killed him as a teenager in the 1980s; his recovery was spent living with an uncle and aunt in Britain who ate meals of pasta, beans, vegetables, rice, eggs, nuts, olive oil, and fruits. He then went to Australia, where he met Thelander, and together they started cooking and eating a diet of Mediterranean and Asian food. Their philosophy is not earth-shattering-eat wholesome food, be physically active, and make time for relaxation. Approximately half of the text is devoted to a discussion of this lifestyle, including suggestions for exercise and relaxation and sample menus. It appears that the authors are self-taught, but the book is sprinkled with results of scholarly studies, some of which are included in a bibliography. The rest of the work contains 150 recipes for pasta, stir-fries, pizza, soups, desserts, etc., which are simple and easy to prepare, with tomatoes, garlic, peppers, fish, chicken, and beans as the main ingredients. Recommended for libraries with patrons who are interested in a lifestyle not just a diet.
—Christine Bulson, SUNY at Oneonta Lib. (Library Journal, May 15, 2007)
From the Publisher

Much of this book is taken from the web site MediterrAsian.com, which Watson and Thelander created in 2004. Watson chronicles living through a horrific motorcycle accident that nearly killed him as a teenager in the 1980s; his recovery was spent living with an uncle and aunt in Britain who ate meals of pasta, beans, vegetables, rice, eggs, nuts, olive oil, and fruits. He then went to Australia, where he met Thelander, and together they started cooking and eating a diet of Mediterranean and Asian food. Their philosophy is not earth-shattering-eat wholesome food, be physically active, and make time for relaxation. Approximately half of the text is devoted to a discussion of this lifestyle, including suggestions for exercise and relaxation and sample menus. It appears that the authors are self-taught, but the book is sprinkled with results of scholarly studies, some of which are included in a bibliography. The rest of the work contains 150 recipes for pasta, stir-fries, pizza, soups, desserts, etc., which are simple and easy to prepare, with tomatoes, garlic, peppers, fish, chicken, and beans as the main ingredients. Recommended for libraries with patrons who are interested in a lifestyle not just a diet.
—Christine Bulson, SUNY at Oneonta Lib. (Library Journal, May 15, 2007)
Publishers Weekly

Watson and Thelander, creators of MediterrAsian.com, combine the sensible, down-to-earth principles of the Mediterranean diet with those of south and east Asia to create a blend that is about lifestyle as much as cuisine. Their concept is appealing, but the book is more wishful than convincing in delivery. It begins by "unlocking the secrets" of the two diets, examining both regions' nutritional pyramids and citing much research to bolster claims for their superiority, but many subsequent parts emphasize exercise, of both mind and body, with overly obvious suggestions like "dance to the beat" and "go for a scenic walk" for burning calories and "get a pet" and "visit the library" for combating stress. An outline of two weeks on the diet demonstrates Watson and Thelander's "MediterrAsian" balanced meals, heavy on grains and vegetables and sparing with meat and fats. This philosophy lends itself to one-dish meals, which many of the recipes are, from Lemony Tuna, Olive and Vegetable Pasta to Fragrant Chicken Curry. Unfortunately, few rise above their appearance of being stylistic approximations of such dishes as Grilled "Tuscan" Chicken or the inevitable "Greek" salad; the fused cuisine feels both more familiar and homogenous and less lively and life-changing in the way a new diet must be to achieve great results. B&w and color photos not seen by PW. (Mar.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470045589
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/12/2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 788,973
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

TRUDY THELANDER has been passionate about the flavors and health benefits of Mediterranean and Asian cuisines for well over a decade. She is the co-creator of MediterrAsian.com, which launched in 2004, and has received praise from many publications, including USA Today, Parade magazine, Gannett newspapers, Yahoo!, Tufts University's Nutrition Navigator, and Askmen.com.

RIC WATSON has been passionate about the flavors and health benefits of Mediterranean and Asian cuisines for well over a decade. She is the co-creator of MediterrAsian.com, which launched in 2004, and has received praise from many publications, including USA Today, Parade magazine, Gannett newspapers, Yahoo!, Tufts University's Nutrition Navigator, and Askmen.com.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements.

Preface: Discovering the MediterrAsian Way.

Introduction.

Unlocking the Secrets of the Mediterranean Diet and the Asian Diet.

Fat Fundamentals.

A Feast of Health from the Sea.

Plant Power.

Drink and Be Merry.

Stop Exercising, Start Living!.

A Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body.

The MediterrAsian Balanced Meal System (MBMS).

A 14-Day Cultural Example of Healthy Living.

Living the MediterrAsian: Eleven Lifestyle Scenarios.

Recipes.

Pasta Dishes.

Stir-Fries.

Pizza.

Curries, Stews and Baked Dishes.

Rice and Grain Dishes.

Noodle Dishes.

Sushi and Rice Paper Rolls.

Grilled Dishes.

Burgers and Hot Dogs.

Sandwiches and Wraps.

Soups.

Salads.

Breakfasts.

Appetizers.

Sauces, Dips and Spreads.

Desserts.

Selected Bibliography.

Index.

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

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    Easy to read. Easy to use.

    We have been exploring the "Mediterranean" way of preparing and eating foods. Simple. Fresh. However, we have long been fans of Asian cuisine. I was able to see this book at the store before the purchase and realized that, for me, it appeared to fuse the two cultures in a way I thought that we would enjoy. Haven't been disappointed!

    Recently we have been purchasing cookbooks with some narrative. We enjoy understanding the concepts and the logic behind some of the choices, and information about the cultures that influence the foods. For real "cookbook" fanatics, there are few pictures; but, the recipes are easy. When I need pictures or have a complicated recipe, I usually head for the internet for pictures and more detailed instructions.

    With books such as this it is easier to stay true to eating healthy as a way of life.

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  • Posted October 26, 2009

    Fabulous for those looking to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

    The main thing I love about this book is that it offers variations. The Moroccan Stew sounded interesting to me, until I read that you use cabbage (not a favorite of mine). But the recommended variations suggested substituting spinach for the cabbage, and that works for me. I appreciate that this book encourages experimenting with different versions; and that leads you to finding your own new favorite dish.

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